Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has extended an invitation to Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, along with their two children, to visit Canada.
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The invitation has not yet been met with a reply or confirmation by Kensington Palace, but the PM’s Office did share that a formal invitation was offered to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Press secretary to Trudeau, Andrée-Lyne Hallé, spoke with the Huffington Post about the invite that will possibly mean an appearance by Kate and William in the nation’s capital in the near future.
“The PM has invited them to come to Canada whenever their schedule permits it.”
The press secretary stated also that there are no confirmed dates at this time, yet the Prime Minister’s Office spoke with the Globe and Mail, stating that a visit could happen as early as the fall of this year. The Huffington Post reminds as to the last time the royal couple touched down in Canada.
“Will and Kate last visited Canada in the summer of 2011 for a honeymoon of sorts. It was their first official visit as a couple after their wedding two months earlier. The nine-day visit saw the couple partake in Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa and walk in the Calgary Stampede parade. They also stopped in Montreal, Quebec City, Charlottetown and Summerside, P.E.I., the Yukon, and Slave Lake in Alberta.”
The past visit was certainly a success and saw hundreds of thousands of Canadians making their way to catch sight of the royals and to greet the Duke and Duchess. Unfortunately, the visit was met with some negativity as well. Ahead of the arrival of Will and Kate, protests were stirred up by Quebec natives, mainly MNA Amir Khadir, calling the young royals “parasites.”
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The entire cost of the trip for Kate Middleton and Prince William, back in 2011, was $1.4 billion, as the publication shares. It was one of a number of royal visits that were arranged by the government under Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Other visits by royalty involved that by Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh in 2010, when they joined in Canada Day festivities on Parliament Hill. In 2014, Harper met the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall. Prince William’s father, Prince Charles, and Camilla visited the nation in 2009 and 2012 when they journeyed to Manitoba, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.
The upcoming year marks Canada’s 150th anniversary and therefore there are a number of celebrations planned throughout. Hosting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would certainly make it a year to remember seeing as the young royals are mainly beloved by people of the nation of Canada. Kate and William generally do take a couple overseas trips within a given year. This past spring the couple found themselves in India for their royal tour, however, their little ones did not make the journey that lasted 10 days.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. This would mark Charlotte’s first overseas journey if the royals accept the invitation along with bringing their children this time around.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has only recently taken over the role as Liberal leader of the nation from Conservative leader Stephen Harper, yet has already made his mark on the nation. Only last weekend, Trudeau became the first Prime Minister to march in the Toronto Gay Pride Parade. Trudeau shares three children with his wife Sophie Trudeau — Xavier, Ella-Grace, and Hadrien.
It’s likely that the royals would be well-received by the new Prime Minister and his family, who are always the picture of poise.
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